Arnold Schwarzenegger shares an emotional message to Russians

Arnold Schwarzenegger canned passionate online plea to the Russians on Thursday, urging them to ignore the Kremlin’s war “propaganda” and spread the “truth” about the grim reality of the war unprovoked attack on Ukraine.

In a nine-minute video clip intended to pass Moscow’s strict censorship, 74-year-old Schwarzenegger also drew on his father’s experiences fighting the Nazis in World War II after Austria’s annexation – he told Russians his father was “pumped up with it.” the lies”. of his reign” and lived the rest of his life in “guilt” and “pain”.

The former Mr. Universe first spoke about his reverence for the Russian people, which was cemented when he met world weightlifting champion Yuri Petrovich Vlasov at the age of 14.

That’s what Schwarzenegger told viewers Moscow lied both the Russian public and the troops about theirs Mission to “denazify” Ukraine.

I love the Russian people, so I have to tell you the truth.
Arnold Schwarzenegger made an impassioned appeal to Russians on March 17, 2022, urging them to ignore the war “propaganda” used by Vladimir Putin’s regime to justify its attack on Ukraine.

“De-Nazify Ukraine? That is not true. Ukraine is a country with a Jewish President. A Jewish President, I might add, whose three brothers were all murdered by the Nazis,” Schwarzenegger said of an on-screen Russian translation.

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He went on to describe Russia’s almost unanimous international alienation, and the historic economic sanctions it was opposite.

“You see the world has turned against Russia because of his actions in Ukraine,” Schwarzenegger said.

“Entire city blocks were leveled by Russian artillery and bombs, including a children’s hospital and a maternity hospital. Three million Ukrainian refugees, mostly women, children and the elderly, fled their country. And many others are trying to get out.

“It’s a humanitarian crisis.”

A map of Russia's March 17, 2022 attacks on Ukraine.
Russia’s attacks on Ukraine resumed on March 17, 2022.
A person interrupts a live news broadcast on Russian state television "channel one" hold up a sign that says "NO WAR. stop the war Don't believe the propaganda. They lie to you here." at an undisclosed location in Russia on March 14, 2022, in this still image taken from video uploaded on March 14.
A person interrupts a live newscast on Russian state television Channel One to protest Vladimir Putin’s March 14, 2022 invasion of Ukraine.
Channel One/via REUTERS

Speaking directly to Russian troops, the former Republican governor of California explained that any attack on Ukraine is also an attack on Russia, since millions of Russians have families in the former Soviet republic.

“With every bullet you shoot, you shoot a brother or sister. Any bomb or grenade that falls does not fall on an enemy, but on a school, hospital or home,” he said.

Schwarzenegger also spoke about the reality of his father Gustav Schwarzenegger’s dark history as a sergeant in the Nazi army, something the movie star-turned-politician rarely discussed. He warned the troops that they did not want to suffer the same fate as his father, who was injured in combat in Russia.

People take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine after President Vladimir Putin authorized a massive military operation February 27, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.
People take part in a protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine February 27, 2022 in Moscow, Russia.
REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Photo

“When my father arrived in Leningrad, he was pumped up by his government’s lies,” Schwarzenegger said. “When he left Leningrad he was broken – physically and mentally. He lived the rest of his life in pain — pain from a broken back, pain from the shrapnel that always reminded him of those horrible years, and pain from the guilt he felt.”

Schwarzenegger ended the lengthy clip with a message to the ‘brave’ Russian protesters who have been demonstrating against their government’s invasion.

“You are my new heroes. You have the strength of Yuri Petrovich Vlasov. You have the real heart of Russia.” Arnold Schwarzenegger shares an emotional message to Russians


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